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Research Assistant - Fungicide Resistance

Advertiser: Curtin University3.8 out of 53.8 overall rating (133 employee reviews) More jobs from this company

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Job Listing Date
13 Aug 2019
Perth, Eastern Suburbs
$64,182 - $67,507 (GO4) plus 17% Superannuation
Work Type
Full Time
Science & Technology, Laboratory & Technical Services

Location: Bentley, Perth

Centre for Crop and Disease Management, School of Molecular Life Science
  • Fixed term, full time until 30 June 2022
  • $64,182 – $67,507 (GO4) plus 17% Superannuation
Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners. A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.
Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM)
The Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) at Curtin University launched in April 2014 – a bilateral research agreement between the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and Curtin University. The CCDM is a major investment in research training, crop disease-focussed research activity and infrastructure. The Centre includes a new high quality research facility at Curtin, used for research and development to sustainably reduce the impact of important grain pathogens and ultimately, to provide solutions to reduce the impact of diseases on farm business resilience. The Centre’s activities integrate molecular sciences with field-based agronomy to generate new avenues to breed disease resistant germplasm and to assist farmers to sustainably utilise a full range of disease control options. The CCDM has three themes of activity with several projects in each theme. There is strong interdisciplinary collaboration within the Centre and active collaboration with leading national and international scientists.
Research Theme A – Fungicide Resistance and Disease Impacts
This position is embedded in Theme A of the CCDM which focuses on high impact research on fungicide resistance, studying crop disease right across Australia. The overall goal of this theme is to gain a better understanding of what causes resistance, the development of diagnostic tools to detect it, and the development of informed management practices.
Your new role
This rare opportunity is to support a dynamic team of researchers to carry out controlled environment experiments with different fungicides in spray cabinets as well as perform field experiments in liaison with industry service providers. You will work under the supervision of researchers, and undertake a variety of research support tasks which may include a mix of experimental and technical duties.
This position will be based at Bentley Campus, Perth, Western Australia embedded with the School of Molecular Life Sciences. The position will involve engaging with collaborators and industry partners, and implementing research.
You will bring to the role
  • Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural science, microbiology or related disciplines with relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a laboratory environment
  • Demonstrated record keeping skills with the ability to prioritise tasks
  • Demonstrated well-developed numeracy and validation skills, and a methodical approach to tasks, including handling large data sets
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in both written and oral communication skills demonstrating appropriate confidentiality and cross-cultural sensitivity
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously as well as effectively as part of a team
  • Full Australian driver’s license (this role requires fieldwork activities)
  • Experience growing plants and working with fungal pathogens (culturing, inoculum production, plant infections, disease scoring, etc.).
  • Experience in techniques of molecular biology (i.e. DNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, digital PCR, primer design).
What we offer you
The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers exciting career paths and trajectories including:
  • Conducting innovative work that makes real-world differences
  • Interactions with and learnings from industry, government and academic partners
  • International recognition
Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, a relocation allowance, generous superannuation, salary-packaging arrangements including childcare, and the potential to support dual-career arrangements.
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Contact details
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What we need from you
We encourage you to respond to the selection criteria: "What you will bring to the role".

Applications close: 11:59 PM, 11 September 2019

Valuing Diversity and Inclusion
At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. This includes a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance.

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